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DJ Smash: Phonography 2

Two years ago, DJ Smash chronicled Blue Note’s relationship with ’90s DJ culture on Phonography, and that profile continues on Phonography 2. Like with the previous effort, some material works better than others.

It’s often said that hip-hop recognizes no sacred cows and that any and all music is up for revamping. Still, not everything works as a remix. For all of trumpeter Erik Truffaz’s claimed allegiance with electronica, for instance, the Imhotep remix of “Magrouni” sounds remarkably pedestrian, marred with the kind of canned beats you’re likely to hear in some hi-tech elevator. Smash’s own remix of Bob Belden’s cover of Prince’s “Kiss” reinforces its sophomoric rendering, and DJ Kingsize’s drum ‘n’ bass treatment of Belden’s take on the Beatles’ “Come Together,” featuring Cassandra Wilson and Dianne Reeves, is dreadfully dated.

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